This course provides the students with the opportunity to develop a theoretical framework for practice. Students are introduced to the philosophical values and theoretical understandings that provide a foundation for competent practice as a HCA. The course focuses on the concepts of caring, person-centered care, basic human needs, human
development, family, culture and diversity as it relates to health and healing. Students are introduced to the problem-solving model that can be used in practice. In addition the concepts of safety & protection will be examined.

This course focuses on the development of self-awareness, increased understanding of others and development of effective interpersonal communication skills that can be used in a variety of care-giving contexts. Students are encouraged to become more aware of the impact of their own communication choices and patterns. They have opportunity to develop and use communication techniques that demonstrate personal awareness, respect and active listening skills.

This course introduces students to a holistic concept of health and the components of healthenhancing lifestyle. Students are invited to reflect on their own experience of health, recognizing challenges and resources that can impact lifestyle choices. Students are introduced to a model that can be applied in other courses to understand the multi-faceted aspects of health and healing.

This course introduces the students to the normal structure and function of the human body and normal bodily changes associated with aging. Students explore common challenges to health and healing in relation to each body system. Students are also encouraged to explore personcentered practice as it relates to the common challenges to health and end of life care.

This course builds on content from other courses to assist students to explore concepts and care giving approaches that allow the student to work effectively with individuals experiencing cognitive or mental challenges. Emphasis is on recognizing behaviours and identifying personcentered intervention strategies.

This practical course offers students the opportunity to acquire personal care and assistance skills within the parameters of the HCA role. The course is comprised of class supervised laboratory experiences and a one-week supervised experience in a residential care facility. The aim of this course is to assist the student to integrate theory from other courses to develop caregiver skills that maintain and promote the comfort, safety and independence of individuals in community and facility contexts.